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# Forum to resist cheating

Brilliant.org is doing a great job by providing a forum for worldwide competition and by exposing us to really nice problems.But unfortunately a part of us is re-posting the questions on other forums like quora,stack exchange etc.I personally think that there should be a sort of submission forum where we can anonymously submit links to such discussions,whenever we come across them (to the staff),so that they can take care of it.............so,what do you say,guys? Another issue that I address to the challenge master:there should be only those problems which can't be solved by methods other than logical and mathematical reasoning.for example,many posed combinatorics and counting problems can be solved by simple programming,and some maxima-minima problems become cakewalk when you have wolfram alpha in hand.

Note by Aahitagni Mukherjee
4 years, 8 months ago

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As to using only problems that cannot be solved by simple programing?

That would exclude so much potential mathematical and logical reasoning that we would prefer to trust in the ethics and maturity of the vast majority of our user's, than eliminate the possibility of programming your way to answers on Brilliant math problems. There are several excellent past discussions on the ethics of programming on Brilliant math problems. The general consensus, is that while it is not a distasteful or dishonorable form of cheating, it also isn't the point of the problems and isn't very fair. In the end, we have no idea how you arrive at the integer answer and would rather trust that most of you understand that when you brute force a problem just to get an answer without experiencing the full reasoning process of solving it mathematically you mostly cheat yourself.

Here and here are older discussions of the ethics of solving problems with programming.

Staff - 4 years, 8 months ago

Its a very nice solution over it! I always do my bit when I come across such posts by posting comments like ' This is a live brilliant.org problem, please delete it' ,etc! But I think its a great idea!

- 4 years, 8 months ago

I think it's a better idea if you comment on the other website by saying this problem should not be answered there. There's probably not much the Brilliant staff can do about it, but the administrators of that site definitely can.

- 4 years, 8 months ago

Going directly to the administrators of the site hosting our problems is definitely the most efficient way to prevent cheating. Anyone is always welcome to report such instances to me by emailing discussions@brilliant.org, and I will comment on the site. Note that we never punish people for reporting cheating.

Staff - 4 years, 8 months ago

Being a user active in the Stack Exchange/Stack Overflow community, I can attest to the fact that at least on that site, dealing with requests for takedown of cheating questions, has been spotty. Often, it takes a good deal of convincing moderators to take action. While a question of this nature will certainly be downvoted, its removal can never be guaranteed and in many cases is more trouble than it's worth.

- 4 years, 7 months ago

https://brilliant.org/problems/economical-calculus-of-the-society-and-the-stock/?group=4ezcoTlXdMme

- 2 years, 11 months ago